AP News
Posted: Sep 06, 2012 7:00 PM

Todd Akin is using former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night to pitch donors and take a shot at GOP leaders who have abandoned his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Akin says on his Twitter account that GOP leaders rallied around Crist when he ran for the U.S. Senate in Florida two years ago during a Republican primary that also featured Marco Rubio.

Rubio, a tea party favorite, went on to win the seat and spoke during prime time at last week's Republican convention. Meanwhile, Crist is now endorsing Obama and is widely considered a future Democratic candidate for political office.

Akin tweeted "2010: GOP Party Bosses say 'Charlie Crist is the best candidate.' 2012: Crist speaks at (hash)DNC2012. Chip in & fight bac." Earlier, he had said to watch the Crist speech and "remember the corrupt party bosses wanted him as a GOP Senator."

Missouri was considered a top takeover state for Republicans hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but GOP leaders have dropped their financial support after he made a comment about women being able to thwart pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." He subsequently apologized.

— Kevin Freking — Twitter http://twitter.com/APKFreking


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